Nagaya shinshiroku (Record of a Tenement Gentleman)
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Nagaya shinshiroku (Record of a Tenement Gentleman)
In this classic shomin-geki ("story of middle-class life"), Ozu relates the slightly comic tale of a boy abandoned by his parents in postwar Japan. After his desertion, the little boy is discovered by a "tenement gentleman," who, in a gesture of kindness, decides to bring the boy back home with him. His kindness stops short of adopting the boy, however, and his roommate refuses to let the boy live in their apartment. Not wanting to forsake the child again, the tenement gentleman gathers the neighbors together and they draw straws to determine who will take care of him. The… More
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© Criterion Collection
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[The film] may be slow-moving by Hollywood standards, but Record of a Tenement Gentleman rewards patience with rich sentiment that's never mawkish."
‑ Tim Purtell, Entertainment Weekly
"A warm comedy of life in postwar Japan, warm in the way only Yasujiro Ozu's cold and formal style can be."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A simple warmhearted comedy tale about the human condition."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Illustrates the artistry and humanity of the late director, with its restrained performances, unhurried pacing, and deceptive simplicity."
‑ Tom Dawson, Film4
"This is Ozu in optimistic mood, which is not to say that loss and resignation don't figure in large part (no film-maker ever had a surer grasp of the melancholy of everyday things), just that here the generosity of spirit seems irresistible."
‑ Tom Charity, Time Out
"Cleverly using camera angles to create a sense of place and parallel motifs to unify the action, Ozu reveals his directorial genius, which is confirmed by his light handling of his splendid ensemble cast."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"What could have been a trite, mawkish tale in lesser hands is moulded into a typically moving human drama by the great Yasujiro Ozu."
‑ Matt McAllister, Future Movies UK
"Curtain after curtain is lifted as this formidable film exposes a Japan unknown to most."
‑ Joan Mellen, New York Times
"Thanks to Ozu's sympathetic direction, his deep understanding of human behavior, and the surprising amount of comedy, it's both moving and very funny."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In Record of a Tenement Gentleman, Ozu yet again presents a deceptively simple story in the manner typical of the most powerful of his films."
‑ Michael Price, Senses of Cinema
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